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A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.Education
Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.
Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.
Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.
Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.
Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.Advancement
With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.Important Qualities
Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.
Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.
Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Senior Integration Analyst||Initech Global LLC||Ada, MI||Feb 06, 2016||$175,308|
|Senior Integration Analyst||Initech Global, LLC||Ada, MI||Jun 02, 2015||$175,308|
|Integration Analyst||BGC Partners, Inc.||New York, NY||Mar 01, 2016||$135,000|
|Analyst, Integration||Acadian Asset Management LLC||Boston, MA||Sep 08, 2015||$135,000|
|Partner Alliances & Integration Analyst||Respondus, Inc.||Redmond, WA||Oct 01, 2015||$129,206 -
|Plm-Erp Integration Analyst||Solarcity Corporation||Fremont, CA||Jun 30, 2015||$125,000|
|Integration Analyst||DPP Tech, Inc.||Mountain View, CA||May 12, 2016||$122,600|
|Integration Analyst-Informatica||Conocophillips Company||Houston, TX||May 01, 2016||$119,904|
|Technical Integration Analyst||Xactly Corporation||San Jose, CA||Feb 15, 2016||$118,000|
|Senior Integration Analyst||Ingram Micro||Santa Ana, CA||May 28, 2015||$116,610|
|Senior ERP Integration Analyst||AHS Information Services||Altamonte Springs, FL||Sep 11, 2016||$115,000|
|Integration Analyst||Randstad Technologies LP||Rancho Cordova, CA||Jan 21, 2016||$115,000|
|Business Integration Analyst||Xtron Software Services, Inc.||San Jose, CA||Oct 31, 2016||$115,000|
|Integration Analyst III||Texas Health Resources||Arlington, TX||Aug 22, 2016||$114,941 -
|Integration Analyst 3||Sutter Health System Office||San Francisco, CA||Nov 07, 2015||$107,332|
|ERP Integration Analyst Senior||Adventist Health System Sunbelt||Altamonte Springs, FL||Apr 15, 2015||$105,000|
|Business Integration Analyst||Xtron Software Services, Inc.||Santa Clara, CA||Sep 27, 2015||$105,000|
|Application Integration Analyst||Data, Inc.||NY||Jul 25, 2016||$105,000 -
|Senior Integration Analyst (Webmethods)||Initech Global LLC||Ada, MI||Oct 04, 2016||$105,000|
|IS SR. Integration Analyst B2B Eai/Soa||Ingram Micro||Costa Mesa, CA||Oct 17, 2016||$104,520|
|IS SR. Integration Analyst B2B EAI/SOA||Ingram Micro||Irvine, CA||May 17, 2016||$104,520|
|IS SR. Integration Analyst B2B||Ingram Micro Mobility||Plainfield, IN||Apr 19, 2015||$89,603|
|Senior Integration Analyst||Initech Global, LLC||Grand Rapids, MI||Mar 18, 2015||$88,254|
|Integration Analyst 3||Sutter Health||Mather, CA||Jan 19, 2016||$87,800|
|Integration Analyst 3||Sutter Health||Mather, CA||May 23, 2016||$86,360|
|Integration Analyst||Piedmont Natural Gas||Charlotte, NC||Apr 27, 2015||$85,000|
|Workday Integration Analyst||Inovant, LLC||Austin, TX||Jan 10, 2016||$84,240 -
|IS SR Integration Analyst B2B||Ingram Micro, Inc.||Williamsville, NY||Nov 12, 2016||$84,048|
|Integration Analyst||Spartan Solutions Inc.||Baltimore, MD||Jul 13, 2015||$84,000|
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